Reading has always been a passion for me. I still remember how excited I used to be at the start of my summer vacation; that whole day long train journey to my grandmother’s place and a whole lot of story books of various kinds ranging from folktales to fairy tales and to comics that I was fond of reading. I wanted to finish them all before reaching our destination (and most of the times I succeeded too). I
feel happy when I find myself still brimming with same enthusiasm for books. Over this journey of my life, I have found books as the best mates of mine. They not just entertain me, but also many a times help me finding out the solutions when I’m in tough situations.
As a teacher at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, I want my students to be benefited by the good experiences of my life and one of them is reading. This is the reason I keep advising them all to inculcate the habit of reading good books. Reading can affect the lives of readers directly and indirectly in different ways but there are certain direct benefits of reading to all which are as follows.
Reading loads us with knowledge
Though I am also an educator, still I strongly believe that books are the best educators. They inform us about the current happenings around the world, connect us to our past and pave the way to our bright future. They satiate our hunger for knowledge and make us smarter and more knowledgeable.
Reading books is the best source of our word bank
Good communication skills are the need of this hour. The most influential you are, if you express your ideas explicitly. And for that you need to have a good vocabulary. The teachers at Seth Anandram Jaipuria School feel that books not just enhance our vocabulary, but they improve our language skills and fluency too thus making us more confident to face various situations.
Reading improves our memory
Books stimulate mental health. They have direct impact on our brain and its functioning. They help in better concentration and boost memory.
Reading adds a creative flair
While reading, we start maintaining a connect with the characters of the book and visualizing the scenes and situations described in the book. Reading instigates our creativity and imagination. In the words of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,
“Learning gives creativity Creativity leads to thinking Thinking provides knowledge Knowledge makes you great.”
Books are the best entertainers
Books help us in destressing. They keep the boredom away and eliminate the idleness.
Katherine Patterson has rightly said, “It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.” Keeping this in view, I want to suggest some good titles appropriate for the age group 7-10 years to my students to begin with.
- Cherry Tree – Ruskin Bond
- Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
- Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl
- Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
- Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild
- Rusty the Boy from the Hills – Ruskin Bond
- Swami and Friends – R. K. Narayan
- The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
- Stig in the Dump – Clive King
- The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
- Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kästner